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Newman takes New Hampshire pole

Posted on: September 23, 2011 5:54 pm
By Pete Pistone


Ryan Newman was the last car to take time and will be the first car to lead the field to green in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Newman backed up his practice time with the fastest lap of Friday's qualifying session to win the pole for Sunday's second race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will attempt to sweep the season's two Cup races at the Loudon track and give his team back-to-back wins to open the Chase after teammate Tony Stewart's victory Monday at Chicagoland Speedway.

Kasey Kahne will start outside the front row with Brian Vickers, Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch the first five in qualifying.

Chase drivers in the balance of the field include Kevin Harvick (6th), Jeff Gordon (7th), Kyle Busch (8th), Jimmie Johnson (10th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (12th), Brad Keselowski (16th), Tony Stewart (20th), Carl Edwards (23rd), Matt Kenseth (27th) and Denny Hamlin (28th).

The session included some controversy when rain showers interrupted qualifying with five cars left to complete time trials. Juan Pablo Montoya was ordered to take his lap after initially waving it off, citing slick conditions from the moisture. He turned the 31st fastest lap and will start in row 16 Sunday.

"I tried to go. It's a friggin joke," said a frustrated Montoya.

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